Do Electronic Wildlife & Pest Repellants Work?
It seems like every month new ultrasonic & electronic pest repellent devices hit the market. These types of devices claim to send out high frequency sound waves that rodents, insects, (and even pets!) will find intolerable. The million dollar question is, do these things actually work?
After consumers complained of exaggerated marketing claims, the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and warned all manufacturers of these devises that their claims of effectiveness had to be proven via scientific research. Packaging of these devices now must market themselves more honestly and with research and proven results if possible. There were tons of funded scientific research projects that followed, and needless to say results varied. These products are by no means a quick fix, and none of them claim 100% effectiveness on any pest or critter, so keep that in perspective and think of them as a possible contributor to an overall pest management system, not a magic weapon.
Before you spend your money, we’d like to share some info.
The sound waves from ultrasonic pest control devices have a pretty short range and are very weak, so they’re easily blocked by furniture, walls, and corners. To test out the location of your device, place a lamp next to the device, turn off all the other lights, and note the beams and shadows from the lamp. The repellent sound waves will pretty much only be active where the light reaches.
Repellents will only cause your problem to move around. If the sound waves do bother your rodents or insects it will just cause them to move out of the way of the annoyance.
Rodents and other critters will build up a tolerance to noises overtime, especially if there’s a food source close by, so results will most likely be only temporary.
Even the research on ultrasonic pest control devices that have been proven to have an effect shows a percentage of decrease, not a total elimination of rodents or wildlife.
The bottom line is, these things don’t really work the way they need to for them to be an effective solution. Only trained professionals (ahem, like us) performing humane capture, relocation and exclusion services solve the problem once and for all.
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